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2002-09-17 07:28:52 PM  
Not cavities here! IN YOUR FACE, bacteria!
2002-09-17 08:26:58 PM  
No "cavaties" here nor anywhere.

It's "cavIties".

The Spelling Nazi
2002-09-17 09:09:21 PM  
Smoking crack for all those years definitely wasn't good for my teeth either.

But I still eat Jolly Ranchers like I was smoking crack rocks...like a fiend.
2002-09-17 09:31:43 PM  
Davade is right.
2002-09-17 10:43:41 PM  
I have thick enamel and I will never get a cavitty.
Thick enamel is my only superpower, besides the two-toned whistle.

vote for me.
2002-09-17 11:35:25 PM  
What's enamel? ::Chugs down some more Coke::
2002-09-18 04:04:29 AM  
My parents never kissed me or showed me any affection because they hated me. But damn I have a nice smile.
2002-09-18 07:47:18 AM  
They also think that the same bacteria has a role in in causing/promoting heart disease.
2002-09-18 07:50:05 AM  
"So how can cavities be contagious?"

THEY CAN'T. Dumbasses. The bacteria is contagious. Don't these people read their own articles?
2002-09-18 08:40:17 AM  
Wait, I thought "they" already knew this.
2002-09-18 08:40:44 AM  
Stupidity is contagious
2002-09-18 08:44:23 AM  
But You can't catch it twice, cause when you get it your stupid for life......er...it made sense before a wrote.....
2002-09-18 08:44:56 AM  
We make holes in teeth, we make holes in teeth!
2002-09-18 08:46:47 AM  
uh this is old news, there is a test for step mutans called the snyder test that has been around for ages
(im strep mutans free !)
2002-09-18 08:47:01 AM  
"take control of their dental destiny." , wow that's dramatic.
2002-09-18 08:49:34 AM  
Wow...no jokes about the state of our teeth... well I'm British and yes my teeth are fairly farked up...
2002-09-18 08:49:57 AM  
Cavities enabled.
2002-09-18 08:50:25 AM  
Vote for bad teeth
2002-09-18 08:51:04 AM  

Thick enamel don't mean jack, all you need is a tiny crack and they're in ...

That being said, most informative article on Fark today.
2002-09-18 09:00:51 AM  
WTF kind of soul kisses are parents giving their kids to transfer saliva into their mouths? Maybe this is how they get cavities in Arkansas, but did the investigators think that brushing might be a value, like showering, that some people don't pass on to their kids? Strep in several forms (mutans, aureus, and the other types that make up Group A) is natural flora, meaning your body has it every day. When your immune system turns to suck (or you leave Jolly Ranchers fused to your teeth every night so the acid can eat through the enamel), that's when the opportunistic infections start. It's about suppression.
2002-09-18 09:01:45 AM  
Why the voting IIMA?
2002-09-18 09:04:25 AM  
So you're interviewing someone to be a caregiver to your young child. You conclude the interview by examining the prospects teeth, just like you would a horse.

*Grabs upper and lower lip and pulls them suckers back so we can see the shiny ivories.*
2002-09-18 09:04:32 AM  
Does anyone know the origin of the American stereotype about Brits having bad teeth? I'm interested to know. Also, I'm 32, dentally fairly average, and have 4 fillings. Is this an unusually high number in America?
2002-09-18 09:11:39 AM  
This is why I didn't get cavities as a kid... I was scared he'd get me.
2002-09-18 09:12:21 AM  
i think 4 is kinda high nowadays. of course, my last girlfriend had cavities in ALL her teeth despite brushing and flossing and using scope like mad cause her dad never took her to the dentist as a kid.

i got a little worried until they said adults cant pass it to eachother ;-)
2002-09-18 09:12:26 AM  
2002-09-18 09:12:32 AM  
Who's the dipshiat who spelled cavities wrong? It was in a huge font on the news page, so it's not like they had to guess about it.

Now I'm off to soul kiss some drunken, homeless bums to prove this theory wrong.
2002-09-18 09:13:31 AM  
Who's the dipshiat who spelled cavities wrong? It was in a huge font on the news page, so it's not like they had to guess about it.

Now I'm off to soul kiss some drunken, homeless bums to prove this theory wrong.

...now with voting!
2002-09-18 09:15:35 AM  
"Does anyone know the origin of the American stereotype about Brits having bad teeth?"

I think its comes from americans being obsessed by having 'perfect' white and straight teeth (not that teeth are naturally pure white or straight).

Over here in the UK people are more intrested in your actuall skills and personality, so we don't get quite such a hard on over the teeth.
2002-09-18 09:18:16 AM  
Does this one work?
2002-09-18 09:21:07 AM  
Boy, I seem to have found the crappy sites lately. Can anyone get a picture of the original Mr. T, from The Letter People? My cut and paste img src trick isn't working on the site I found, and GIS turned up 60K images.
2002-09-18 09:28:16 AM  
femme_fatale You can really do the two-toned whistle? I can do the two toned voice, but it's really difficult to balance, and sounds like a donkey whilst trying to get it, so I don't do it at parties anymore.

*shuts up*
2002-09-18 09:28:22 AM  
Blumf:- yeah, they seem to use braces a lot more over there - you see them a lot on TV. So I think our teeth are probably no less healthy, but we're less obsessed with making sure they're straight and white. As for whiteness, not having sparkling teeth doesn't mean they're unhealthy. Floridated water can make your teeth yellower (and I grew up in New Zealand, where water is floridated). I haven't had a new filling since I was 16 (I tend to put the ones I've had down to using a Sodastream to make myself super-syrupy cokes every day), I clean 2ce a day, dentist 2 times a year etc. etc.
2002-09-18 09:29:06 AM  
hrm, I find this funny... my parents both have a ton of cavities (grew up in the time w/ no flouride in the water) and up until I was 18, I had never had a cavity, actually, I've still never had a "cavity" I've had soft spots that were fixing to turn into cavities, so I now have minute fillings that can hardly be seen. All of my "soft spots" were caused b/c I need sealants and just have never gotten them, if they were caused by my parents I'm sure I would have had a cavity before age 18 when I moved out of the house to college... hrm, think on that
2002-09-18 09:55:31 AM  
Cavaties may be contagious
I will never get a cavitty.

Apparently poor spelling is also contagious.
2002-09-18 10:07:35 AM  
Werd to rotten teeth.
2002-09-18 10:51:55 AM  
I've read similar articles claiming that this bacteria is also responsible for infertility in men and women (no joke)
2002-09-18 11:59:13 AM  
terabul spelin iz kontagius too...
2002-09-18 12:18:57 PM  
I heard about this 30 years ago. I thought everyone knew about it already. I read a condescending magazine article explaining how it was possible to have a dissolving lozenge that would kill the bacteria, but it wasn't worth pursuing since a person would need to use one everyday.

I always thought the reasoning for not making the lozenges available was pretty weak. Some dental filling manuafacturer's association probably paid someone to step on the idea ;-)
2002-09-18 02:12:51 PM  
England surrenders.
2002-09-18 02:22:20 PM  
I'm jealous of people with no cavities. I don't think I have ever had a dental checkup that did not find at least one cavity. I have an appointment next week to get 4 fillings- and it was only 6 months since my last visit (a mere one cavity that time).

At least now I can blame my parents constantly making out with me (oops, better repress those memories) instead of my brushing habits.
2002-09-18 02:36:59 PM  
29 years old, no cavities. I credit the alcohol for killing everything in my mouth. Why does this have voting.
2002-09-18 03:44:24 PM  
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2002-09-18 03:46:29 PM  
Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where lisa goes to the dentist and the dentist shows here the "Big Book of British Smiles"
2002-09-18 03:52:29 PM  
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2002-09-18 04:19:36 PM  
did nobody notice that the doctors name is dr. Dumas? hi welcome to dr dumbass's office!
2002-09-18 05:22:44 PM  
Worst. Teeth. Ever.
2002-09-18 05:28:29 PM  
Mentul77: That just means you never swapped spit with your parents. Maybe it was your first kiss :)
2002-09-18 08:08:14 PM  
SteakMan, that's kind of funny, but nah, I eat and drink after my parents and most of my friends, so it can't be the spit theory, then again my dentist says I have extremely strong teeth anyways...
2002-09-18 09:46:49 PM  
check your spelling, dude.
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